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7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme

Haryana has decided to give star rankings to its panchayats on the basis of seven social parameters under the state’s 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme. As many as 1,120 villages of the state have achieved the rankings under the scheme. The selected villages will be honored at an award ceremony to be held in Panchkula, Gurugram, and Rohtak next month. The villages would be rewarded Rs one lakh for achieving each parameter. The villages having equal or more girl population will be given Rs 50,000 as the bonus with their reward money

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HRD Minister launches National Digital Library

Union Human Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the National Digital Library, a repository of millions of academic texts from around the world which will be open for all to use. The digital library at present hosts 17 million-plus items in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions. It has been built by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, under a project given it by the HRD Ministry, with work on it starting in early 2015. 

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Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister

Mehbooba Mufti resigned as Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister, after the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its alliance with her Peoples Democratic Party, potentially pushing the state towards Governor’s rule. She handed over her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.  Mufti tendered her resignation to governor N.N. Vohra soon after the BJP’s decision that reduced her government to a minority

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National Testing Agency to train paper setters

The National Testing Agency, which is being set up to relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education of the burden of conducting multiple examinations, will also train paper setters to set better question papers and provide better model answers. There is no system for paper-setter training till now. We will introduce it as part of the National Testing Agency’s mandate

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Indian Government to team up with Google for flood forecasting

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari has expressed that Union Government’s collaboration with Google will help in effective flood management in India. The Central Water Commission, India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, on June 18, 2018, signed a Collaboration Agreement with Google for flood forecasting

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SoftBank to invest up to USD 100 billion in Indian solar

SoftBank Group has decided to invest $60 billion-$100 billion in a solar power project in India. SoftBank and the Indian government are expected to make an announcement soon after final arrangements and made. The company is expected to make the investment through a fund backed by Saudi Arabia’s government. SoftBank was not immediately available for comment. SoftBank said in March its Vision Fund would invest in creating the world’s biggest solar power project in Saudi Arabia

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4th Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog held In Delhi

The fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held in New Delhi. It was attended by 23 Chief Ministers and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees. The PM highlighted the importance of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as a platform to inspire cooperative federalism, stressing the need for effective center-state cooperation to advance development outcomes and achieve double-digit growth for India

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SAARC to launch Social Enterprise Development Programme

SAARC Development Fund will soon be launching a social enterprise development programme to fund 80 entities annually across eight-member states, including India. SDF was established by the heads of the eight SAARC member states in April 2010 and its governing council comprises finance ministers of these eight countries. SDF is in the process of launching the SEDP as part of its social window

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Russia Launches Soyuz-2.1b Carrier Rocket

Russia launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on Sunday to orbit a Glonass-M satellite. The Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces successfully launched a middle-class Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a navigation Glonass-M spacecraft. The middle-class Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket launched from the Plesetsk space center successfully put the Russian navigation Glonass-M spacecraft to the designated orbit

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US experts to discuss a key military agreement with India

US experts to discuss a key military agreement with India. The resumption of talks on Communications Compatibility and Safety Settlement alerts a breakthrough within the Indian stance. The Indian Categorical that the US staff, which can embrace legal professionals, and coverage and technical specialists, is scheduled to satisfy the Indian specialists from Monday to Wednesday

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India And Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways

India And Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways. India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country. This aims at facilitating movement of international traffic. The four routes that India agreed to make two-way are Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal and Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi in the west

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The UK omits India from relaxed student visa rules

The UK announced a relaxation of the Tier 4 visa category for overseas students from 25 nations. However, India has been left out of this new expanded list, which means Indian students applying for similar courses will continue to face rigorous checks and documentary requirements. The changes, which come into effect on July 6, aim to make it easier for international students to come to study in the UK

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Tourism Ministry launches new Incredible India website

The Ministry of Tourism has launched the new Incredible India website in New Delhi on 15 June 2018. The website showcases India as a holistic destination, revolving around different aspects of Indian society, such as the Indian culture, Spirituality, heritage, yoga and many more

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